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Dinosaurs: Carnivores vs. Herbivores 

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Teacher Candidate: Miss Black        Grade Level: 2nd

Content Area: Science           Topic: Herbivores and Carnivores

Title of Web Quest: Dinosaurs: Herbivores vs. Carnivores

Description of Web Quest: This WebQuest is about dinosaurs and their food systems. The main focus is to show students the differences between herbivores and carnivores.

Illinois State Goals & Standards:
GOAL 12:  Understand the fundamental concepts, principles and interconnections of the life, physical and earth/space sciences.

12.A.  Know and apply concepts that explain how living things func­tion, adapt and change.

12.B.  Know and apply concepts that describe how living things interact with each other and with their environ­ment.

NETS:

 

6. Technology Operations and Concepts
  Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:
 
a. understand and use technology systems.
b. select and use applications effectively and productively.
3. Research and Information Fluency
 

Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:

 
a. plan strategies to guide inquiry.
d. process data and report results.


Introduction

You are a a member of one of the top scietentist teams in the world. Your mission is to discover the connections in the food chain. As you adventure out on your quest, be sure to find information on the differences between carnivores and herbivores and why dinosaurs have different stuctures and how they are a means for survival.

Task

Your task is to create a food chain among dinosaurs, using the flow chart handout. Start with some sort of plant source and include at least 3 herbivores and 3 carnivores. Be sure to include a common name for each dinosaur, label it carnivore or herbivore, and write a 3 sentence paragraph for that dinosaur's unique survival structure.

Process

1. After you meet with your groups of 3, you will decide who will be what professional. Your group will need a Museum Constructionist, a Fossil Expert, and a Geographer.

The Museum Constructionist is going to be in charge of putting the defense structures on the food chain.

The Fossil Expert will be in charge of determining where the herbivores and carnivore go on the food chain.

The Geographer is going to be in charge of providing a picture of each dinosaur. If your group wants to draw the dinosaurs then you can, or you can print off pictures from the computer.

2. Now that you know what your job is, here is your first assignment:
    Each of you are to find 2 dinosaurs. 1 must be a herbivore, and 1 must be a carnivore. Choose dinosaurs that interest you. 
    To find your dinosaurs you are going to use this website:
http://www.dinosaur-facts.com/ Dinosaur Facts will allow you to discover different species of dinosaurs, and list different facts about the dinosaurs.

Be sure to record your information on the organizing chart handout. It will be helpful when you put your food chain together.

3. After finding the 2 dinosaurs you want to use, discuss with your group and be sure you all have 2 different dinosaurs.

4. Your next step is to find out what your dinosaurs eat, and what eats your dinosaurs. In order to find this information this website will be helpful:
http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=4749 This "What do Dinosaurs Eat?" article will help you determine what makes up the diet of your dinosaur.

5. Now that you know what your dinosaurs eat, you must know what structures each dinosaur has to protect itself from predators. 
First your group should watch the movie: Built for Defense. 
Find this movie here: http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/dinosaurs-stegosaurus-built-for-defense.html
Then find out how each of your dinosaurs defends itself. For this information, look at this website:
http://planetdinosaur.com/dinosaur_anatomy/built_for_defense.htm Planet Dinosaur allows you to view different defense mechanisms of dinosaurs.

6. By now, you should have all your required information. Check and be sure you have the following:
a. A carnivore dinosaur
b. A herbivore dinosaur
c. What things each dinosaur eats
d. What defenses each dinosaur has for protection

If you do not have all of these things, you need to go back and find what you are missing.

7. After having all of your information, start putting it onto your food chain flow chart.

8. Congratulations! You finished your quest!

Evaluation

Group: overall chart
CATEGORY
4
3
2
1
Delegation of Responsibility
Each student in the group can clearly explain what information is needed by the group, what information s/he is responsible for locating, and when the information is needed.
Each student in the group can clearly explain what information s/he is responsible for locating.
Each student in the group can, with minimal prompting from peers, clearly explain what information s/he is responsible for locating.
One or more students in the group cannot clearly explain what information they are responsible for locating.
Plan for Organizing Information
Students have developed a clear plan for organizing the information as it is gathered and in the final research product. All students can independently explain the planned organization of the research findings.
Students have developed a clear plan for organizing the information in the final research product. All students can independently explain this plan.
Students have developed a clear plan for organizing the information as it is gathered. All students can independently explain most of this plan.
Students have no clear plan for organizing the information AND/OR students in the group cannot explain their organizational plan.
Accuracy
The flow chart is at 95% accurate.
The flow chart is at least 75% accurate.
The flow chart is at least 60% accurate.
The flow chart is under 60% accurate.

Individual:
Each individual must turn in their notes taken while researching. Students will recieve a participation grade of up to 4 points based on how much information he or she provided. 4 points- student provided all necessary information. 3 points- student provided most of the information needed. 2 points- student provided very little information needed. No points will be awarded if the student did not provide any of the information needed.

Conclusion
Way to go! You've figured out how the dinosaur food chain works and how dinosaurs are able to protect themselves from predators. Not only does this food chain work for dinosaurs, but it holds true to the rest of the animal kingdom. For example, birds eat grasshoppers that eat grass. See if you can think of other examples!

 

 

 

 



 

 

 
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